The Boeing 737 Max program has reached the development stage known as “firm concept,” following months of study into changes to the original design needed to effect a 13-percent operation cost improvement over the existing 737NG.
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Boeing has agreed to help Aviation Industry Corporation of China (Avic) to expand the state-owned company’s ability to supply interiors commodities such as passenger seats, galleys, lavatories and in-flight entertainment systems for commercial airplanes.
Between now and 2030, Bombardier estimates that China will need 2,300 business jets, or roughly 20 percent of the current U.S. market. Boeing estimates that Chinese airlines will need an additional 5,000 aircraft during the same period.
Securaplane Technologies (Booth No. 2157) of Tucson, Ariz. is showcasing at NBAA’12 its next-generation integrated security and camera system for business jets and highlighting OEMs that have recently selected its technology for security and flight operations.
Associated Air Center, StandardAero’s large executive aircraft completions center in Dallas, has partnered with Boeing to validate a Service Bulletin for Boeing Business Jet operators on noise suppression in the cockpit. AAC is the first to install the noise-suppression system in the BBJ in accordance with the Boeing-issued Service Bulletin. AAC’s successful validation makes this upgrade available now to other BBJ operators.
Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. 2520) of Van Nuys, Calif. and Chicago’s Priester Aviation have announced a strategic alliance aimed at creating a nationwide service for management, charter, maintenance and all other aircraft services. Both companies will retain their independent brands while working to provide each other’s clients additional value wherever possible. Clay Lacy and Priester have a combined fleet of almost 100 managed aircraft throughout the U.S., 70 of them charter-ready.
In an effort to raise the bar on customer service, the Air Elite FBO network has joined forces with training providers Ritz-Carlton Leadership Center and ServiceElements. Formed last year from the remnants of the former ExxonMobil Avitat network, the fledgling Air Elite brand comprises 25 FBOs, including nearly all of the former U.S. Avitat locations, which decided to remain together after the oil company pulled the plug on its support of the brand.
The lingering economic downturn has impacted all areas of the aviation industry and has presented challenges for component manufacturers and suppliers. As operators and manufacturers seek to lower costs without compromising component quality, greater emphasis has been placed on the need to diversify operations to offset short-term revenue declines in certain segments. Global supplier Aviall is meeting those challenges with a multi-pronged approach covering various segments of the industry.
Boeing has flown a “risk reduction prototype” for the U.S. Army’s enhanced medium altitude reconnaissance and surveillance system (Emarss). The modified Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350ER took off from Summit Aviation’s Middletown, Del. facility, on October 6. It will explore the effects of the added fairings for sensors on the aircraft’s aerodynamics; Boeing said it is seeking an FAA supplemental type certificate for the modifications.
Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport-based Banyan Air Service’s avionics department recently completed a high-speed-data/WiFi installation on an executive Boeing 757. The Banyan Avionics travel team performed the installation at the customer’s MRO of choice during a maintenance inspection. The travel team has now performed high-speed-data/WiFi installations on the Boeing 727/737/747SP/757. In addition, Banyan recently secured a contract to outfit three Boeing 737s with Aircell ATG-5000 high-speed Internet.